Gdynia security firm wins anti-drone attack contract with Saudi Telecom
A Polish security firm has won the contract to protect the largest Saudi telecommunications operator from drone attacks.
Advanced Protection Systems (APS) from Gdynia won the contract with Saudi Telecom after beating off other international competitors with their lauded Ctrl + Sky security system.
Ctrl + Sky is a drone detection and neutralization system, utilizing patented jamming technologies.
The company was co-founded in 2015 by Dr. Maciej Klemm, Radoslaw Piesiewicz and Michał Spychalski.
APS detects and monitors drones using radar, acoustic, video and radio sensors simultaneously.
They can monitor multiple drones at the same time and remotely disable them.
“By using a multi-sensor approach to detecting and identifying drones, our system outperforms other systems based on individual sensors,” Radosław Piesiewicz, COO & co-founder of APS, said in an interview with Rzeczpospolita.
The number of drones is increasing rapidly with the Federal Aviation Administration estimating 2 million in the United States alone and a number of high profile drone attacks such as the Saudi oil attacks in September this year, meaning many businesses are looking at protection solutions.
APS have already successfully protected sports events at Gdynia Stadium and are deployed at Stavanger Airport and others airports operated by Avinor throughout Norway.
Dr. Maciej Klemm, CEO and co-founder of APS said: "Modern armies have always been the first recipients of technological innovations. This is also the case.
“No wonder, in the Middle East, UAVs are constantly appearing over critical infrastructure. Every day we hear about drone bombs used by terrorists, or about drones disrupting air traffic, thus generating enormous costs for economies.”
APS demonstrated their Ctrl + Sky system at tests organized by the Michigan State Police Department. The system detected, tracked and neutralized all drones used by US police force during the tests.
A major concern for many in law enforcement is how drones are being used to transport drugs and weapons, often dropping contraband into prison yards by flying above walls or wire fencing.
“Contraband of weapons, drugs or prison calls by air is a real scourge in the United States. Building higher and higher fences is not effective when illegal shipments are delivered by drones,” Wayne Horvath, head of sales for APS in the USA said.
APS estimates their number of potential customers at approximately 300,000 and the market value of Ctrl + Sky is growing each year.
The drone detection market is targeted at airports, prisons, power plants and utilities, government and critical infrastructure facilities, border crossings, public events as well as VIP’s who value privacy.